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Publications and Scientific Papers

2011

An "Intermediate Curriculum" for Advanced Laparoscopic Skills Training with Virtual Reality Simulation.

Schreuder HW, van Hove PD, Janse JA, Verheijen RR, Stassen LP, Dankelman J. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2011 Jul 21.

Video Gaming in children improves performance on a virtual reality trainer but does not yet make a laparsocopic surgeon
Rosenthal R, Geuss S, Dell-Kuster S, Schäfer J, Hahnloser D, Demartines N.
Surg Innov. 2011 Jun;18(2):160-70. Epub 2011 Jan 18.

Will the Playstation generation become better endoscopic surgeons?
van Dongen KW, Verleisdonk EJ, Schijven MP, Broeders IA.
Surg Endosc. 2011 Jul;25(7):2275-80. Epub 2011 Mar 17.

Deliberate practice on a virtual reality laparoscopic simulator enhances the quality of surgical technical skills.
Crochet P, Aggarwal R, Dubb SS, Ziprin P, Rajaretnam N, Grantcharov T, Ericsson KA, Darzi A. Ann Surg. 2011 Jun;253(6):1216-22.

Can Virtual Reality Simulator Be Used For Advanced Bariatric Surgical Training?
TM Lewis, R Aggarwal, R Kwasnicki, N Bajarethnam, K Moorthy, A Ahmed; A Darzi, Imperial College, London, UK The abstract was presented at the Annual Meeting of the ACS Accredited Educational Institutes
Consortium) April 29-30, 2011, Chicago, Illinois

A Simulation Assessment Tool For Operative Laparoscopic Skill Advancement of Residents (SOLAR): A Global Study
A Aggarwal, K Miles, A Currie, D Defriend; B Fernando, B Hobbs, D Lomanto, B Patel, A Renwick, A Darzi Imperial College, London, UK The abstract was presented at the Annual Meeting of the ACS Accredited Educational Institutes Consortium) April 29-30, 2011, Chicago, Illinois

A Simulation Assessment Tool For Tubal Ligation
C J Sultana, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The abstract was presented at the Annual Meeting of the ACS Accredited Educational Institutes Consortium) April 29-30, 2011, Chicago, Illinois

Retention of laparoscopic procedural skills acquired on a virtual reality surgical trainer
Maagaard M, Sorensen JL, Oestergaard J, Dalsgaard T, Grantcharov TP, Ottesen BS, Larsen CR.
Surg Endosc. 2011 Mar;25(3):722-7. Epub 2010 Oct 7.

Completion of a novel, virtual reality based adavanced curriculum improves advaned laparoscopic skills in senior residents
Panait L, Hogle NJ, Fowler DL, Bell RL, Roberts KE, Duffy AJ.
J Surg Educ. 2011 Mar-Apr;68(2):121-5. Epub 2010 Dec 13.

European consensus on a competency-based virtual reality training program for basic endoscopic surgical psychomotor skills
van Dongen KW, Ahlberg G, Bonavina L, Carter FJ, Grantcharov TP, Hyltander A, Schijven MP, Stefani A, van der Zee DC, Broeders IA.
Surg Endosc. 2011 Jan;25(1):166-71. Epub 2010 Jun 24.

2010

Limited value of haptics in virtual reality laparoscopic cholecystectomy training. 
Thompson JR, Leonard AC, Doarn CR, Roesch MJ, Broderick TJ. Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati, 231 Albert Sabin Way, ML 0558, Cincinnati, OH, 45267, USA, Surg Endosc. 2010 Sep 25

Contemporary virtual reality laparoscopic simulators: quicksand or solid grounds for assessing surgical trainees?
Thijssen AS, Schijven MP.
Am J Surg. 2010 Apr;199(4):529-41. Epub 2010 Jan 18. Review.

Psychomotor control in a virtual laparoscopic surgery training environment: gaze control parameters differentiate novices from experts. 
Wilson M, McGrath J, Vine S, Brewer J, Defriend D, Masters R. School of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Exeter, St Luke’s Campus, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK, Surg Endosc. 2010 Mar 24

The Role of Haptic Feedback in Laparoscopic Training Using the LapMentor II 
Mohamad W. Salkini, M.D., 1,,3 Charles R. Doarn, M.B.A., 2 Nicholai Kiehl, M.D., Timothy J. Broderick, M.D., James F. Donovan, M.D., Krishnanath Gaitonde, M.D. Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. Department of Surgery, Center for Surgical Innovation, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. Journal of Endourology Volume: 24 Issue 1: January 10, 2010

Quality assessment in surgery: riding a lame horse
Dindo D, Hahnloser D, Clavien PA.
Ann Surg. 2010 Apr;251(4):766-71.

Psychomotor control in a virtual laparoscopic surgery training environment: gaze control parameters differentiate novices from experts. 
Wilson M, McGrath J, Vine S, Brewer J, Defriend D, Masters R. School of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Exeter, St Luke’s Campus, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK, Surg Endosc. 2010 Mar 24

2009

Assessment of the Laparoscopic Training Validity of a Virtual Reality Simulator (LAP Mentor™) 
Tae Hyo Kim, Jung Min Ha, Jae Wook Cho, Youn Chul You, Gyung Tak Sung The Department of Urology, College of Medicine, Dong-A University, Busan, Korea Korean J Urol 2009;50:989-995 8.

Development of a virtual reality training curriculum for laparoscopic cholecystectomy 
R. Aggarwal, P. Crochet, A. Dias, A. Misra, P. Ziprin and A. Darzi Department of Biosurgery and Surgical Technology, St Mary’s Campus, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, LondonW2 1NY, UK British Journal of Surgery 2009; 96: 1086–1093

Effect of virtual reality training on laparoscopic surgery: randomised controlled trial
Larsen CR, Soerensen JL, Grantcharov TP, Dalsgaard T, Schouenborg L, Ottosen C, Schroeder TV, Ottesen BS.
BMJ. 2009 May 14;338:b1802. doi: 10.1136/bmj.b1802. Erratum in: BMJ. 2009;338. doi: 10.1136/bmj.b2074.

Serious gaming and voluntary laparosocpic skills training: a multicenter study 
Verdaasdonk EG, Dankelman J, Schijven MP, Lange JF, Wentink M, Stassen LP.
Minim Invasive Ther Allied Technol. 2009;18(4):232-8.

Virtual reality training on basic laparoscopic tasks vs. virtual reality training of an entire surgical procedure: A randomized controlled trial using real world operations as an outcome 
Allan Okrainec, MD, Ara Tekian, MHPE, PhD2, Mary-Anne Aarts, MD, Teodor Grantcharov, MD, PhD, Jaime Escallon, MD, and Richard Reznick, MD, MEdDepartment of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois The abstract was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Surgical Educators (ASE) April 28-30, 2009, Salt lak

Concurrent validity and skill dexa for the LAP Menotr laarsocpic surgical simulator
Stacey A Cohen BS, Martin P Edwards BS, Amir Szold Department of Surgery B, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel The abstract was presented at the poster session at the Annual Meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) April 22-25, 2009, Phoenix, Arizona

2008

Training on a virtual reality laparoscopic simulator improves performance of an unfamiliar live laparoscopic procedure. 
Lucas SM, Zeltser IS, Bensalah K, Tuncel A, Jenkins A, Pearle MS, Cadeddu JA.University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas 75390-9110, USA. J Urol. 2008 Dec;180(6):2305-6.

Randomized controlled trial investigatin the effect of music on the virtual reality laparoscopic learning performance of novice surgeons
Miskovic D, Rosenthal R, Zingg U, Oertli D, Metzger U, Jancke L.
Surg Endosc. 2008 Nov;22(11):2416-20. Epub 2008 Jul 12.

Do Performance Measures on the LapMentor VR Simulator Predict FLS Performance? 
Greco, E. M.D., Escallon, J. M.D., Grantcharov, T. M.D., Okrainec, A. M.D.University Health Network, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Canada. The abstract was presented at the Canadian Association of General Surgeons Annual Meeting in September 11-14, 2008 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Construct validity testing of a laparoscopic surgery simulator (Lap Mentor): evaluation of surgical skill with a virtual laparoscopic training simulator. 
Zhang A, Hünerbein M, Dai Y, Schlag PM, Beller S.Department of Surgery and Surgical Oncology, Charite Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany. Surg Endosc. 2008 Jun;22(6):1440-4. Epub 2007 Oct 31

Virtual Reality Training improves simulated Laparcscopic Surgery Performance in Laparcscopy Naive Medical Students 
Steven Lucas, Altug Tuncel, Karim Bensalah, Ilia Zeltser, Adam Jenkins, Margaret Pearle, and Jeffrey Cadeddu Department of Urology, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA. J Endourol. 2008 May;22(5):1047-51.

Positive Correlation between Motion Analysis Data on LapMentor Virtual Reality Laparoscopic Surgical Simulator and Video Tape Assessment Results
Tadashi Matsuda, Yoshinari Ono, Shiro Baba, Matsuga Iwamura, Toshiro Terachi, Seiji Nait, Ryohei Hattori and Elspeth McDougall, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, University of California Irvine, Orange USA The abstract was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) May 17 - 22, 2008. Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, USA.

Does assessment during virtual surgery predict actual intraoperative performance? 
Okrainec A , Greco E, Arts MA, Grantcharov University Health Network, University of Toronto, Canada The abstract was presented at the Association for Surgical Education Annual Meeting in April 15-19, 2008 Toronto, Canada

Challenges during the implementation of a laparoscopic skills curriculum in a busy general surgery residency program. 
Stefanidis D, Acker CE, Swiderski D, Heniford BT, Greene FL.Department of General Surgery, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, North Carolina J Surg Educ. 2008 Jan-Feb;65(1):4-7

Virtual reality training for endoscopic surgery: voluntary or obligatory?
van Dongen KW, van der Wal WA, Rinkes IH, Schijven MP, Broeders IA.
Surg Endosc. 2008 Mar;22(3):664-7.

The Future of Patient Safety: surgical trainees accept virtual reality as a new training too.
Rosenthal R, Gantert WA, Hamel C, Metzger J, Kocher T, Vogelbach P, Demartines N, Hahnloser D.
Patient Saf Surg. 2008 Jun 11;2:16.

2007

Construct validity for eye-hand coordination skill on a virtual reality laparoscopic surgical simulator. 
Yamaguchi S, Konishi K, Yasunaga T, Yoshida D, Kinjo N, Kobayashi K, Ieiri S, Okazaki K, Nakashima H, Tanoue K, Maehara Y, Hashizume M. Department of Disaster and Emergency Medicine, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan Surg Endosc. 
2007 May 4

Face validation of the Simbionix LAP Mentor virtual reality training module and ist applicability in the surgical curriculum 
I. D. Ayodeji, M. Schijven, J. Jakimowicz and J. W. Greve Department of General Surgery, University Hospital, Maastricht, the Netherlands; Department of General Surgery, Ijsselland Hospital, Capelle aan den Ijssel, the Netherlands; Department of General Surgery, Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven, the Netherlands Surgical Endoscopy March 2007 ISSN 0930-2794 (Print) 1432-2218 (Online)

The development of a proficiency-based training curriculum on the Lapmentor virtual reality laparoscopic simulator 
Aggarwal R, Dias A, Balasundaram I, Darzi A Department of Biosurgery and Surgical Technology, Imperial College London, U.K. The abstract was accepted to be presented at the 2007 Annual Medicine Meets Virtual Reality (MMVR) Conference, February 6 - 9, 2007 in Long Beach, California

The Virtual Interventional Suite for Training & Assessment (VISTA): a pilot study 
Aggarwal R, Jacklin R, Wetzel C, Nestel D, Kneebone RL, Tierney T, Darzi A. Department of Biosurgery and Surgical Technology, Imperial College London, U.K. The abstract was accepted to be presented in the 15th Annual Medicine Meets Virtual Reality (MMVR) Conference, February 6 - 9, 2007 in Long Beach, California.

Assessment of construct validity of a virtsul reality laparoscopic simulator
Rosenthal R, Gantert WA, Hamel C, Hahnloser D, Metzger J, Kocher T, Vogelbach P, Scheidegger D, Oertli D, Clavien PA.
J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2007 Aug;17(4):407-13.

Proficiency-based virtual reality training significantly reduces the error rate for residents during their first 10 laparoscopic cholecystectomies
Ahlberg G, Enochsson L, Gallagher AG, Hedman L, Hogman C, McClusky DA 3rd, Ramel S, Smith CD, Arvidsson D.
Am J Surg. 2007 Jun;193(6):797-804.

Face validation oft he Simbionix LAP Mentor virtual reality training module and ist applicability in the surgical curriculum
Ayodeji ID, Schijven M, Jakimowicz J, Greve JW.
Surg Endosc. 2007 Sep;21(9):1641-9. Epub 2007 Mar 14.

2006

Laparoscopic skills are improved with LapMentor training: results of a randomized, double-blinded study. 
P. B. Andreatta; D.T Woodrum; J. Birkmeyer; R. K. Yellamanchilli; G. M. Doherty; P. G. Gauger; Rebecca Minter Ann Surg. 2006 Jun;243(6):854-60;

Can skills assessment on a virtual reality trainer predict a surgical trainee’s talent in laparoscopic surgery
Rosenthal R, Gantert WA, Scheidegger D, Oertli D.
Surg Endosc. 2006 Aug;20(8):1286-90. Epub 2006 Jul 20.

Construct validity testing of the LAPMENTOR laparoscopic surgical simulator 
Peter D Vlaovic, Tadashi Matsuda, Federico A Corica, John R Boker, Leandro G Sala, Gabriella Stoliar, James F Borin, Yoshinari Ono, Ralph V Clayman, Elspeth M McDougall University of California Irvine, Orange USA, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan. presented at the 24th annual World Congress of Endourolog Aug. 17-20, 2006 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Virtual reality simulation training can improve technical skills during laparoscopic salpingectomy for ectopic pregnancy
Aggarwal R, Tully A, Grantcharov T, Larsen CR, Miskry T, Farthing A, Darzi A.
BJOG. 2006 Dec;113(12):1382-7.

Objective assessment of gynecologic laparoscopic skills using the LapSimGyn virtual reality simulator
Larsen CR, Grantcharov T, Aggarwal R, Tully A, Sørensen JL, Dalsgaard T, Ottesen B.
Surg Endosc. 2006 Sep;20(9):1460-6. Epub 2006 Jul 3.

Construct validity testing of a laparoscopic surgical simulator. 
McDougall EM, Corica FA, Boker JR, Sala LG, Stoliar G, Borin JF, Chu FT, Clayman RV. Departments of Urology and Family Medicine, University of California, Irvine, Orange, CA. J Am Coll Surg. 2006 May;202(5):779-87.

Determination of Face Validity for the Simbionix LAP Mentor Virtual Reality Training Module. 
Ayodeji ID, Schijven MP, Jakimowicz JJ. Department of General Surgery, Maxima MC, Eindhoven, Netherlands Stud Health Technol Inform. 2006;119:28-30

Biliary and Vascular Anatomical Variations in a New Virtual Reality Simulator for Endoscopic Surgery Training 
Amir Szold MD, Boaz Sagie MD Endoscopic Surgery Service and the Department of Surgery B, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel The abstract was published and presented at the 2004 SAGES meeting, March 31 - April 3 2004 in Denver , Colorado Poster P392

Laparoscopic and Endourologic Simulators for Training. 
Steiner, Charles, Inderbir S. Gill, Ran Cohen, Inbal Mazor. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio The abstract was published and presented at the 20th World Congress on Endourology and SWL, 18th Basic Research Symposium, September 19-22, 2003 in Genoa, Italy. P16-27

Virtual reality surgical laparoscopic simulators
Schijven M, Jakimowicz J.
Surg Endosc. 2003 Dec;17(12):1943-50. Epub 2003 Oct 28. Review. No abstract available. Erratum in: Surg Endosc. 2003 Dec;17(12):2041-2.

Laparoscopic and conventional cholecystectomy: Didactic concept for trining and introduction of laparoscopic cholecystectomy and preventing complications
Vogelbach P, Bogdan B, Rosenthal R, Pfefferkorn U, Triponez F.
Swiss Surg. 2002;8(6):250-4. German.

Does training in a virtual reality simulator improve surgical performance?
Ahlberg G, Heikkinen T, Iselius L, Leijonmarck CE, Rutqvist J, Arvidsson D.
Surg Endosc. 2002 Jan;16(1):126-9. Epub 2001 Nov 12.